Created by the legendary Max Schubert - creator of Penfolds Grange - Bin 389 is often referred to as 'Poor Man's Grange' or 'Baby Grange', in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange.
First made in 1960, this was the wine that helped to build Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in balancing fruit and oak.
"Tight, focussed, compact."
"Needs time to unfold - tightly wrapped on release."
Penfolds Chief Winemaker - Peter Gago.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
"Strong colour; has the strength of all the '07 Penfolds' reds, with an array of black fruits, dark chocolate and vanilla/mocha; the tannin structure is particularly good for the vintage. Screwcap."
Rating 94 Drink 2022 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Mar 10
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep, dark red, with an impenetrable core.
Brooding, yet compliantly permitting noticeable oak to propel dark fruits from the glass, unveiling wafts of stewed Christmas pudding (a mix of dates / sultana / fig) beneath. High notes of anise, licorice and an element of scented talc tussle with more grounded and complex savoury & cold meat aromatics. Gasping for air!
Youthful, bright dark fruits hover over a base of stewed rhubarb & quince paste. Integrated oak serves to tighten the palate rather than impart any flavour, although upon sitting, coffee-ground and barrel ferment nuances arise & linger...
Ripe tannins and an impressive mid-palate convey Bin 389 credentials.